Sarnia's Communities In Bloom International Award is recognized at city hall Oct. 26, 2015 (BlackburnNews.com photo by Briana Carnegie)

City Council Briefs

Councillor Anne Marie Gillis presented Sarnia’s award for winning the Communities in Bloom International Challenge Competition. She says they’ve achieved their goal of winning internationally a year in advance of their 10-year time-frame. Sarnia won in the ‘very large city’ category.

Sarnia’s three libraries will undergo a consultant’s review at a cost of $30,000. Sarnia Library and the Lambton Mall Rd. and Bright’s Grove branches will be examined to determine patron usage and space needs. The cost will be split evenly between the city and Lambton County. City council also approved $25,000 for installation of a multiple occupancy washroom at the downtown library at its meeting Monday night.

Bre-Ex Construction has been awarded a $576.000 contract for expansion of the parking lot at Sarnia Bay Marina.
The project, which will include new asphalt, curbs and sidewalks and the installation of bases for new light standards, is expected to begin next month. It’s the first phase of the eventual relocation of the city’s boat launch as part of Centennial Park remediation.

A month-long review of the city’s IT department recommends five new staff positions be added and the budget boosted by nearly half to $1.2-million next year. Consultant Norah Prior told council the city’s information technology has been severely neglected. Council referred the matter to its December 1 budget deliberations.

Sarnia’s property insurance will be reduced from 300-to-200-million dollars, saving the city $66,000.